Jeffrey Veen, an established design guru and one of the creators of HotWired.com, has authored a carefully structured look into the undercurrents of Web design. Organized around the key development topics, the book is laden with a historical background of standards, features, and trends. Yet the topics are timeless and core to good Web engineering, so it's space well spent. The mix of expert opinion and historical explanation creates a well-rounded reader experience.
Issues such as interface consistency are explored within the unique paradigm of the Web, with the assistance of a sidebar to explain what "above the fold" means. Performance is discussed with an unusual twist: the current constraint on Web-browsing performance is actually good since it fosters creativity and more elegant design and development. This, beyond the usual design tips, is what makes this book special. Art & Science stays at a reasonably high altitude, dwelling not on the fine details of browser compatibility but rather on the key areas designers need to be concerned about. With his years of experience and knowledge of the legacy of traditional publishing, Veen has provided a great perspective on the dicey work of Web designers. --Stephen W. Plain
I was disappointed by Veen's book. It seemed very banal, because, to me, he just appeared to be giving his opinion on a bunch of sites, and what was even worse, some of those... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003
I'm enjoying this smart book by Jeffrey Veen. He knows a lot about the "inside" of web development and gives you an organized vision of the process. Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by Enriquillo Rodriguez
Two stars for what its worth. I'm dissatisfied with the way this book is written. Its not straight to the point and lacks substance. Read morePublished on June 1 2002 by Peter
Of the many usability and design-oriented books I've had to slog through in search of useful and practical information, this isn't one of them. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002
After reading several books on the science of web design (the Non Designer's Web Book, the Elements of Web Design, etc.), I was interested in seeing what this book had to say. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2002 by Atomic Grrrrrl
A disappointment, given the author's guru reputation and the five star reviews here at Amazon.
All in all, an incoherent series of essays with no clear message and little... Read more
As one of the other reviewers stated, this book is more about the common senses "whys" of certain web design approaches rather than a "how to" book. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2001 by "rahurd"
So many people seem to be obsessed with Jakob Neilsen that they forget that his is merely one point of view. Read morePublished on July 22 2001